Heaven Bent give exhibition opening a gospel boost

trio at art opening10 Nov: Nancy Synnestvedt (right) opened her latest art exhibition at NorthArt gallery to the gospel sounds of Heaven Bent who, along with Nancy, performed five songs to an appreciative audience. The exhibition, titled Random Order, runs till 27 November.
Nancy's art show


  • 29 June: The cold snap that hit most of the country did not stop a healthy crowd attending the choir’s O Happy Night concert at St David’s in Te Aroha. With several key members unable to attend, the concert began with an air of uncertainty but the choir soon found its groove and in spite of a few potholes.
Basses, sopranos and altos at St David’s in Te Aroha at the June 29 concert

24 Nov 2018:  It was a first for Heaven Bent, and Takanini School, when the choir headed south to the school to perform a set for an appreciative crowd. Funds raised go toward membership of the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra – one of the school’s first steps towards being able to introduce a significant music program into Takanini School. The occasion also marked the debut of the newly formed school choir who performed Rivers to the delight of parents and friends. This was conducted by HB member Jill Haywood who initiated the formation of the school’s choir.  Jill also shared conducting duties with Phil May on Heaven Bent’s songs.


Heaven Bent invites new and experienced singers to audition to be part of this strong, joyful singing community. We we are looking for tunefulness, an ability to hold a part, a desire to learn and grow musically, and a love of African-American gospel music and related genres.

If you’re interested, please email John at johncharleswishart@gmail.com  (this is not a hyperlink – please copy this address into your usual email server and leave your name and contact details.)


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